Purchase of two Thomas Cook stores secures six jobs

Thomas Cook in Rushden.
Thomas Cook in Rushden.

Two Thomas Cook travel branches in the area have been bought by Anglia Co-operative Travel, securing six jobs in the process.

All six members of staff at the branches - based in Midland Co-operative foodstores at Alexandra Road, Corby, and Brook Street, Raunds – will keep their jobs and will now be employed by the Co-operative.

They are among six Thomas Cook branches in the Midlands to be acquired by Peterborough-based Anglia Co-operative, and the jobs of the 22 members of staff at the six branches have been secured.

The deal increases Anglia Co-operative’s travel portfolio from 15 to 21 branches and specialist retail group manager, Paul Dale, said: “I am delighted that the branches in Corby and Raunds are among the six joining us and I look forward to welcoming the teams to our business.

“As a group each of the teams brings a wealth of destination knowledge and many years of travel experience to our business.”

Earlier in the year Anglia Co-operative acquired three new travel branches in the east of England and Mr Dale added: “We are now potentially East Anglia’s largest independent travel group.

“Having signed an agency agreement with Freedom Travel Group we are now able to offer even greater choice to holiday-makers in the Corby and Raunds areas, working with even more travel operators.”

However, five people could lose their jobs after Thomas Cook closed its Rushden store earlier this month.

The travel agents, on the town’s High Street, is one of a number of the chain’s stores to close across the country.

Bosses have decided to axe stores that were failing to meet performance targets, or were in an area that had more than one store.

A spokesman for the company said it was working with staff at the Rushden shop to find alternative employment within the business, but those who could not find a suitable alternative role, or who wanted to leave the company, would face redundancy.

The store ceased trading on Tuesday, July 23.